Fail to Win mural at 3359 Cesar Chavez (

Chez Poulet (3359 Cesar Chavez) is sporting a new mural by Mongoloid. Gone is “Chicken John Rinaldi for Mayor Supervisor Dog Catcher,” in its place is “Fail to Win!” The listing for Chicken John’s Chez Poulet was withdrawn from the MLS last month. And without a sale it would appear.

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Jimmy C

    Does this mean he’s not leaving town? Isn’t this town over its quota for failed artists?

  2. Posted by stucco-sux

    His family is loaded, and apparently he didn’t blow his entire inheritance, just most of it.

  3. Posted by Big V

    its all the artists in this town that keep it interesting and vibrant, and your real estate prices high!

  4. Posted by Mole Man

    How has he failed?

  5. Posted by 45yo hipster

    ^ cause he’s not showing at Gagosian gallery or the Basel art fair?

  6. Posted by Jimmy C

    sorry, “failed” was too vague. I just assume that when your art is not commercial, groundbreaking or at the least interesting, that you’ve failed at your goal. (note: self promotion is not art unless you’re Nico… or Paris Hilton)
    And it’s not the artists and poets that keep real estate prices high, it’s the six figure jobs that keep prices high, but to some extent the poets living for 30 years in rent controlled apartments reducing the rental supply. There are a lot of musicians and artists in Oakland, that hasn’t translated to high prices.

  7. Posted by exsfr

    I’m guessing you’re seeing your tax dollars at work. The guy got a goverment bailout on his ARM.

  8. Posted by 45yo hipster

    ^ hence the irony in his mural…”fail to win”!

  9. Posted by Chickenjohn

    You guys are brutal. My loan is held by the previous owner, not a bank. No bailout for me. Banks can’t/won’t lend on properties like this, sillies. You should come by sometime. The place is a vibrant arts space. Filled with fun people.

  10. Posted by Ann Larie Valentine

    Very glad you’re still there Chicken! And thanks for your many creative, interesting, & community-building contributions to SF!

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